Epilepsy

Epilepsy groups together a large number of epileptic syndromes which affect more than 500,000 children in Europe.

Infantile Epilepsy

The leading neurological disease in children

Epilepsy covers a group of diseases which manifest themselves by repeated epileptic seizures. These seizures are the clinical presentation of a sudden, excessive, transitory abnormal electrical discharge in the central nervous system. There are many clinical symptoms but the most frequent are fainting and convulsions.

Prevalence of 0.5% to 1% in Europe

In the majority of cases children require long-term drug treatment.

The clinical symptomatology distinguishes between generalized and partial seizures.

In children, the social impact is especially serious, being a source of isolation and loss of self-esteem. Learning difficulties and memory problems are frequent in children suffering from epilepsy. The convulsions cause attention deficit especially in school-age children suffering from absence epilepsy.

The majority of epilepsies are childhood epilepsies.